My 4-port Netgear wireless gigabit router(WNDR 3700) is all used up (Oppo, TV, Torus Power Conditioner and Moxi DVR). I can't seem to find 8/12 or 16 port high speed gigabit wireless routers. All i seem to find are just non-wireless plain routers. Anyone know of any good 8-port 1G wireless routers? If not, can i somehow combine an 8-port 1G router switch with my 4-port wireless router with no issues or performance hit? Sorry for the OT...
I apologize for being a little late with this but you do not need any ethernet hardware that supports gigabit ehternet (10/100/1000). The reason is that the ethernet equipped devices that you are using have only 10/100 megabit ports. Gigabit eithernet is another feature like deep color that there is nothing that uses it. All the internet capable devices in my home are 10/100. There is ususally a 15 to 20 dollar price difference between the 10/100 switches and the 10/100/1000 switches.
You also have to consider that even though a device has a 10/100 megabit port doesn't mean that the hardware in that device can process that much data. The CPU in your devices might not be able to process that much data so your speeds will be even more limited to the internal hardware capabilities of each device. An example, If your computer can output 50 mbps but your OPPO can only take in 25mbps then the transport speed between the two devices will be 25mbps. For the average home owner with the whole family accessing the internet at once will probably never need more than 50 meg down from your ISP because of the limitations of the consumers devices.
I just added a 8 port 10/100 Netgear switch to my structured media panel as I ran out of ports on my wired router. I have my two computers and networked printer hooked into the switch and then that is hooked to one of the ports in my router. I have a five port 10/100 switch at my tv downstairs, which has my OPPO, Onkyo, and soon to arrive Tivo hooked into it. Then it is hooked into another port in my router in the panel. My bedroom tv has another five port 10/100 switch with my Pioneer Blu ray player and another soon to arrive Tivo hooked into it. This switch is also hooked into another port in my router.
If you want to you can hook another switch to your current switch if you decide to feed another location.